MANNAN TRIBE HOUSE BUILDING PROJECT
Western Ghat Mountains
Kerala, South India
who initiated and funded the first house project.
Thomas Friebel - Civil Engineer - Germany,
Devin Kalman - Banker -New York
Miss Lena Tempich - Germany
Special Thanks to Miss Gillian Pepper
& Mathew Branch
needed to help complete new house
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Yearoutindia's house building project aim is to
build small houses with basic facilities for selected needy
mannan tribal families. This was initiated by calling a
meeting of the Mannan King, village elders and others who
helped make a priority list of familes in the settlement
that needed the help urgently. We have helped built and
complete 5 houses to date. There is a long list of families
who have requested our help and we have plans to build 2-3
more hoses this year. Many live is run down house and even
the simplest housing will be a vast improvement upon the
About the Project
Two dedicated volunteers (Thomas - Germany and Devin - New
York) took part in the first house building project for
8-12 weeks till completion. Along with Yearoutindia funds,
their fees, donation and fundraising, the house building
project was started. The village settlement and almost all
tribals were very enthusiastic and many joined hands with
the volunteers in completing the house. The house
was completed successfully and is by far the best house
in the whole of the settlement.
Houses - Volunteers needed to jon the house building
Many of the existing houses are either put together
quite crudly or often made from coconut leaf thatching,
forest tree trunks and plastic sheets, which offers
little protection from the elements. There are no
facilities in place for cooking, comfort or hygiene.
As with the houses Yearoutindia have built, we aim
to construct permanent, stable and safe structure
with permanent roof and with basic living facilities,
such as a indoor kitchen, doors and windows. The new
houses take about 8 weeks to build from the first
stone being layed for the foundation to the completed
house bieng handed over to the family. Local masons,
carpenters, labour and materials sources locally are
used throughout and it take a team of 3 - 5 volunteers
to manage and finish the work.
the volunteers will be doing ?
As a volunteer on this initiative you will be staying
on site and will build a close working relationship
with the tribal community including the families for
whom the houses are being built. You can help at all
levels from managing the projects, labour, building
work and finances. You will also work closely with
other volunteers and Yearoutindia staff, giving you
the chance to gain new skills, extensive knowledge
of working in a new environment, new cultures and
perhaps even languages. In addition you will enjoy
the unique experience of working in the beautiful
area surrounding the beautiful Western Ghat Mountain
The development work is on going and we need a min
of 2-3 volunteers as soon as possible to help with
the ongoing projects and managing building work on-sites.
There are local masons and workers who have helped
build the first house with lot of experience building
houses and they will help with all the work and planning.
Volunteers can help at all levels and volunteers who
have no prior knowledge or experience of building
work can also help at all levels. Our staff and coordinators
will help you manage the building project. This is
very exciting and challenging placement and volunteers
can also come in work / college / friends groups to
help at this project site. Volunteers are
encouraged to fundraise for this project.
Adventurous volunteers may stay in tents on site,
but YOI also has a house nearby which volunteers can
use. YOI staff will be present on site and will cook
meals for volunteers. Special dietary requirements
can be accommodated. After work activities will be
in the form of treks, camp fires, BBQ's, games, bamboo
rafting etc etc.
project will greatly benefit the tribal community
and also has much to offer the volunteers :
unique opportunity to work amongst tribal people
and to learn about their culture and way of life.
part in the very unusual and colourful Annual
tribal festival in March.
satisfaction of creating permanent homes for deserving
joy of working in an area of outstanding natural
beauty in the Western Ghat Mountain ranges.
chance to build life-long friendships with people
from all walks of life.
chance to improve your DIY skills!
* It's a challenging project
that require volunteers to be resourceful, committed,
self motivated and will definitely involve long hours
of work with plenty of excitement and fun. You will
be involved in planning, organising and building activities
with the help of a team of volunteers, local laborers
and members of the community. Please note that the project
area is remote and basic facilities will be provided
by Yearoutindia. Amenities like Internet, ATM's, Fax
etc are only available at the nearest town which is
30 minutes drive away.
Program Start Dates and Costs:
Please contact your program coordiantor for more details
of this project and next available project start dates.
Project cost are dependent on actual project and other
community development initiatives. A portion of the
program cost goes directly towards the materials, building
costs and labour. The remaining covers program related
costs: all food, accommodation, project-related transport,
staff etc.Volunteers will also assist the YOI staff
in managing the funds and paying daily wages and materials
needed for the building work. Project reports and financial
accounts will need to be kept and submited when required.
The house building project is an ongoing project. The
current house building project is nearing completion
and new projects need volunteers. Volunteers and groups
are encouraged take on the help complete these projects.
We invite students groups, societies and corporate groups
to take on these projects. Please contact a coordinator
for further details on "firstname.lastname@example.org".
the YOI support team at: email@example.com
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